Community Based Clinical Education (CBCE) Program at Aspen Dental

Enrich dental education, enhance curricula, and expand
access to care – one student at a time.

Aspen Dental's Community Based Clinical Education (CBCE) Program offers a unique opportunity for students to enhance their knowledge and skills in a real-world setting. Through externship rotations and mentorship from Aspen Dental Preceptors, students gain invaluable experience while making a difference in underserved communities, bridging the gap between academia and practical dentistry.

Together, we can empower the next generation of dentists and leave a lasting impact on communities in need.
Program Overview


The Aspen Dental CBCE Program creates a dynamic learning environment for students while addressing critical healthcare needs.
For Students
  • Diverse Experiences:
    Gain exposure to underserved areas and diverse patient populations.
  • Optimal Learning Environment: Benefit from a high-volume clinical setting, enhancing proficiency and confidence.
  • Preparedness Enhancement: Develop skills in specialty procedures, improving readiness for professional practice.
For Schools
  • Cost Coverage:
    Program expenses are covered, reducing financial burden on participating institutions.
  • Preparedness Improvement: Students are better equipped for complex procedures, enriching the academic curriculum.
For the Community
  • Enhanced Access to Care: Increase availability of dental services for underserved communities.
  • Greater Outreach:
    Serve a broader demographic, addressing disparities in oral healthcare.
The Model in Action

From initial interest to kickoff and program completion, our program unfolds through a carefully structured timeline.
School
  • Introduction to Dean/Program Director about CBCE Program and School externship needs
  • ​​​​​​​Target start date and length of rotation
Aspen
  • Affiliation agreement initiated
  • Preceptor selection started
  • Application and credentialing to become School faculty
School
  • Program orientation and calibration with Preceptor
  • CODA and State Board regulation compliant
  • Selection of student Extern for rotations
Office
  • Preceptor and Office orientation by Academics
  • Protocols and scheduling for Preceptor and Extern: Guide to Successful Rotation for Extern
Extern
  • Initial welcome and follow ups by Academic Team
  • On-site orientation by clinic staff, office and Preceptor
  • Proper chart documentation in School health platform
Post Rotation
  • Competency checklist by Preceptor for Extern/School
  • Post rotation survey by Extern
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Interested in the program?
Email John Murphy, Vice President of Aspen Dental TA to learn more